Rashad Evans turned in one of the more disappointing outputs of his career Saturday, but several other quick finishes made up for it on the card. Richard Mann returns for a stats-based breakdown.
Fantasy AnalysisThe bout will be a rematch of their June 2015 championship, which Weichel lost by a second-round knockout. Since then, he's gone 11-1 over his past 12 fights, including 4-0 in the Bellator cage. Over that stretch, he's picked up notable victories against Pat Curran and Georgi Karakhanyan. Freire, who won back the featherweight title with a second-round submission of Daniel Straus during Bellator 178 this past April, is 9-1 over his past 10 appearances at featherweight.
Fantasy AnalysisFreire will be defending his second reign as Bellator featherweight champion, which he won back with a second-round submission over Daniel Straus at Bellator 178 in April, when he takes on Weichel. The fight will be a rematch of their championship encounter in June 2015, which Freire won in a second-round knockout. Freire has been dominant as of late, going 9-1 over his past 10 outings at featherweight. Weichel has won 11 of his past 12 fights, including going 4-0 in the Bellator cage.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a roller coaster ride for DC. He has already beaten the best the light heavyweight division has to offer, with Jones being the lone exception. He was given his second opportunity to defeat Jones on July 29 in a title unification bout, and was even winning that fight, but allowed Jones to land a devastating head kick in the third round that ultimately started a sequence that cost him his consciousness. There's now a long adjudication process ahead, but should the California State Athletic Commission and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirm Jones' positive sample, chances are the result of that fight would be overturned to a no-contest. Once that happens, the next step for the UFC would be to strip Jones of his belt and return it to Cormier, who held it for the entirety of Jones' last multi-year absence. With Jones potentially out of the picture for up to another four years, it's a realistic possibility the 38-year-old Cormier could remain champion until he chooses to hang up the gloves.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's the latest in a long line of failed drug tests and outside-the-cage mishaps for Jones, who had recently became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion following a victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. An official statement from the UFC maintained neutrality, saying "there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed." This means that Jones has not been stripped of his belt just yet, nor has the win been overturned, but that won't be far off should the test results get confirmed. If he did in fact test positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, as TMZ originally reported, Jones would be facing one of the more severe suspensions handed down by USADA since it's implementation. That substance carries a two-year minimum suspension, but it could be longer for a repeat offender like Jones. Look for the exact details and punishment to be sorted out within the coming weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisCasey has made great strides through the strawweight rankings and is nearing the top-10. She defeated Jessica Aguilar in May, throwing 368 total strikes to win a unanimous decision from the judges. "Cast Iron" was accused of violating USADA rules following that victory but has since been cleared of all charges. Casey maintains a 7-4 record (3-3 UFC).
Fantasy AnalysisHerrig (13-6) has established herself as a top strawweight. She recently gave Justine Kish and Alexa Grasso losses and is currently riding a three-fight win streak. Her improved grappling, in addition to her striking abilities, has led to her recent success. This matchup will be Herrig's third fight of the year, which is a change of pace after having only three fights between 2014 and 2016.
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